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LTC Student Research Challenge

The goal of the LTC’s Student Research Challenge is to find creative solutions to difficult questions surrounding the Inland Empire transportation system. Research will be conducted by multi-disciplinary teams of students from the three major public universities in the region. This project will get regional students (undergraduate and graduate) from CSUSB, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside to think innovatively, learn research techniques, and find solutions to the tough transportation related questions facing the region.

Specific Research Program Outputs:

To find innovative solutions to problems and questions surrounding the IE transportation system. Each project will address some or all of the following:

  • mobility;
  • climate change/pollution reduction/community adaptation;
  • new industries/entrepreneurship based in transportation technologies;
  • smart city technologies;
  • international and domestic impacts/forces on the system to understand; and
  • transportation cybersecurity in the public sector.

2020-2021: Year 1 Challenge

The inaugural LTC Research Group Challenge focused on the issues of sustainability and equity in the Inland Empire's transportation system. The team was able to evaluate the areas within sustainability and equity in transportation that can be approved and what those improvements can look like. Circling back to our definitions of sustainability and equity in the vehicle context, the research and data evaluated in our subprojects emphasize that more efforts need to be made in the Inland Empire to improve the sustainability and equitability of its transportation systems. 

Overall, this research has emphasized how broad the issues of sustainability and equity within transportation are. Transcending through different disciplines, transportation plays a crucial role in our daily lives, and providing sustainable and equitable mobility options is critical to the overall success of the Inland Empire. 

Learn more about the Project Results and the Research Team

2021-2022: Year 2 Challenge

Topic: How to improve the Inland Empire’s transit system using Big Data and Policy solutions.

The second Student Research Challenge group has begun researching how big data can help to improve the I.E.'s transit system. The primary question for the research group is -- to what extent can the paradigms of big data analytic be used for understanding the transit system in the Inland Empire? The goal of the LTC 2021 Student Research Challenge is to explore these opportunities, from the day-to-day operation of the transit system to the long-term strategic planning of the region’s transportation system.

A rich set of data are being collected by the public transit agencies in the Inland Empire. Major data sources available for this project including: 1) automated fare collection system, which provide passenger count and timestamp at bus stops; 2) GPS trace and OBD-II readings, which record bus location, speed and diagnostic readings at second-by-second level; and 3) Battery level and charging schedule, which are available for electric buses.

The research results will be available in summer of 2022. Check back to see how this project is moving forward as we post updates throughout the year.  

Learn more about the Project Results and the Research Team